SUNY Oswego student wins a chance to advance medical ambitions – Oswego County Today

Nao Ka Paw, a student at SUNY Oswego, has been awarded a position in SUNY’s 2022 Pre-Medical Opportunities Program, which could help her realize a dream that could lead to setting up clinics in her native Myanmar.

OSWEOG – For SUNY Oswego student Naw Ka Paw Paw, a position in SUNY’s Pre-2022 Medical Opportunities Program continues to build toward a dream that could lead to clinics in her native Myanmar.

The initiative provides practical experiences and preparations to address persistent racial and income disparities in medical education by attempting to level the playing field for EOP students pursuing a career in medicine.

A double major in biology and psychology, Bao traces her interest in becoming a pediatrician to conditions in Myanmar. Bao said the country’s poverty rate hovers around 25 percent with the health care system rated among the worst in the world.

“It saddens me to see the children in pain, and the families unable to do anything for them because of their financial situation,” Bao said. “When I was a kid I was always sick, I was often in the hospital, and my parents had to work hard to support me with the medical bills. Therefore, I feel that it is completely unfair that only upper-class people have a better health care system, while people who are suffering from poverty.”

“I would like to go back to my country and open clinics in small towns to help children in need,” Bao said, after becoming a pediatrician. “It is very important for me to achieve this goal not only for myself, but for my people and my country, because I believe that these children are the future of the country, and that is why I want a position in the medical profession.”

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Bao toured the campus that accepted her, and said that Oswego felt the most welcoming of the campuses, as well as offering the best financial aid package. I also found a beautiful Oswego campus and visited the shore of Lake Ontario to rest when feeling stressed or overwhelmed.

“I don’t regret choosing Oswego as my destination, because every professor and advisor I have… have been very considerate, helpful and sympathetic,” said Bao.

Oswego’s EOP has also offered many other opportunities, including serving as a Summer Leader for EOP Peer, Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, and United University Opportunity Day.

“Without EOP, I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I have now,” Bao said. EOP helped her connect with other students in the program as well as staff in financial aid and education abroad offices, student leaders and many more.

Bao said that the pre-medical experience available to high-achieving students like her is “truly a dream come true.”

The various benefits of the program include clinical and laboratory experiences, research opportunities, MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) exam preparation workshops, exposure to the medical school environment and more.

“I would say I look forward to these services because, as an individual interested in getting into medical school, I know how important it is for students to get a good MCAT score,” Bao said. “Furthermore, meeting with pre-medical scholars is also very important to me because by meeting them I will be able to share and connect with them about why I want to take the path in the medical profession.”

An in-person residential program was implemented this summer, to be followed by an online course to help students prepare for the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section of the MCAT, which is required for admission to medical school.

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